Artists Collaborate
6:00 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Check It Out: What Happens When An Inaugural Poet And A South Florida Painter Make Art Together

Two maps of the world - one of how Europeans thought of the world before Columbus, the other after.
John Bailly

A painter who lives in Miami and teaches at Florida International University has collaborated with inaugural poet Richard Blanco to create paintings based on his poetry.

Their project, Place of Mind, will be exhibited in February in a New York gallery. The pieces were originally exhibited in 2007 at the main branch of the Miami-Dade Public Library.

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Ashley Gross is KPLU's business and labor reporter, covering everything from Amazon.com and Boeing to garbage strikes. She joined the station in May 2012 after working for five years at WBEZ in Chicago, where she reported on business and the economy. Her work telling the human side of the mortgage crisis garnered awards from the Illinois Associated Press and the Chicago Headline Club. She's also reported for the Alaska Public Radio Network in Anchorage and for Bloomberg News in San Francisco.

She studied history at Brown University and earned a master's in international affairs at Columbia University. She grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She lives in West Seattle with her husband and two sons.

Cats and Wildlife
4:00 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Are Cats A Threat To Nature Or Simply Man's Favorite Scapegoat?

Is this the face of a killer? He would be, if given half the chance.
Credit Tricia Woolfenden

A teddy bear of a cat stretches across a desk. His baseball-sized orange paws skim the keyboard as his purring body contorts into a position that exposes an expansive patch of striped belly. The tableau, which plays out in my home office on a near-daily basis, is a pleasant distraction from this week's reminder that my loyal companion is a natural born killer.

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Florida's Aquifer
4:00 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Florida's Current Aquifer Models Paint Inaccurate Picture Of State's Water Supply

Florida's current computer models for tracking underground water flow are coming up short.
Credit eutrophication&hypoxia / Flickr Creative Commons

Understanding how water flows through Florida's aquifers is integral to maintaining  a safe and sufficient supply of fresh water, but current computer models used to monitor the state's aquifers and springs are "full of holes," according to some critics. 

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Wynwood Walls (And Streets)
2:00 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

New Project Means Literally Every Wynwood Surface Will Be Covered With Art Until We Run Out Of Space

A rendering of Carlos Cruz-Diez's proposed crosswalk for the Wynwood Ways project
Credit Photo via Curbed Miami

When the late Tony Goldman first led the development charge through Wynwood's formerly industrial corridor, one of his defining ideas was the sponsoring of legal, large-scale street art. The original handful of murals he commissioned, by marquee names like Shepard Fairey, now stands preserved in a specific attraction that's practically an outdoor museum, the Wynwood Walls on NW Second Avenue and NW 25th Street.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Is It Time for Alimony Reform?

Florida Second Wives Club
http://www.facebook.com/FloridaSecondWivesClub

01/30/13 - Wednesday's Topical Currents looks at the nationwide campaign for alimony reform.  Most states—including Florida—haven’t had a meaningful review of alimony since the 1950s.  Reformers say times have changed:  many women now lead the way in the workforce and are primary breadwinners.   “Second Wives” bemoan that their earnings can complement the alimony paid to their new husband’s former spouse.

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Gun Policy
12:00 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Visualized: Guns and Murder in Florida

Florida homicide data from 2000 to 2011 shows that, over the last decade, the likelihood that a murder in Florida will involve a firearm has steadily increased.
Credit Grant Smith / FCIR

The horrific killing of 20 schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn., revived the debate over gun control in the United States. President Barack Obama outlined his controversial proposal for gun control last Wednesday, including requiring criminal background checks for all gun sales, strengthening the ban on assault weapons, and limiting high-capacity ammunition magazines.

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Florida's Aquifer
11:16 am
Wed January 30, 2013

How Florida's Aquifer Models Are Inaccurate, And Why That Might Be A Problem For Our Water Supply

Florida's current computer models for tracking underground water flow are coming up short.
Credit eutrophication&hypoxia / Flickr Creative Commons

Understanding how water flows through Florida's aquifer is integral to maintaining  safe and sufficient supply of fresh water, but current computer models used to monitor the state's aquifers and springs are "full of holes" according to some critics. 

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Public Insight Network
11:00 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Texting While Driving And Other Sins Of Florida's Drivers

39 states - including libertarian-leaning New Hampshire - ban texting while driving. Florida isn't one of them.
Credit taestell

Florida is one of only 11 states that does not prohibit texting while driving.  Though state legislators have already introduced 3 texting ban bills for the upcoming session, similar bills have failed in the past several years. 

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